Drowning schoolgirl thought she was 'gone' at Wales boat show

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Girl almost drowned flyboarding Conwy All Wales Boat Show


A girl who was trapped underwater for five minutes at a boat show in Wales has spoken of the moment she thought she was 'gone'.

Lina Dear, 15, was taking part in flyboard demo at the All Wales Boat Show in Conwy when her jetpack ropes got tangled in a buoy and pulled her under.

She could not free herself from the equipment, and it was minutes before rescuers could get to her.

Her seemingly lifeless body was pulled from the water and she was given CPR for 20 minutes before coming around.

She was airlifted to hospital from the show and has now been allowed home to Dumfries in Scotland.

According to The Sun her last thought before passing out was: "This is it, I'm gone."

She added: "I'm so grateful to the guys who saved me."

At the time of the incident, a Welsh Ambulance Service spokesperson told the Daily Post: "We were called at 12.08pm today, Sunday, 1 June, to a medical emergency in Conwy Marina.

"A paramedic in a rapid response car attended together with crew in two emergency ambulances and an RAF helicopter, and a teenage girl in a stable condition was airlifted to Ysbyty Gwynedd in Bangor."

An All Wales Boat Show spokesperson added: "We are very grateful to all the emergency services, the Conwy Cruise first aider and the Red Cross who worked together to ensure she received the very best possible care.

"We will conduct a thorough review to establish what went wrong."

Flyboarding sees participants perform tricks like somersaults above water on special jet boots.

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